The Balyan Family: Royal Architects of the Late Ottoman Empire

(This piece was originally published and written for Yabangee; all photos are courtesy of Zeeshan Malick.) Istanbul was the capital of the Ottoman Empire for centuries. Sultans and their wives, princes, viziers and pashas loved to show their power and wealth by building palaces, mosques, hamams, summer houses (köşk) and other types of buildings. Who doesn’tContinue reading “The Balyan Family: Royal Architects of the Late Ottoman Empire”